The Southern Association of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) policy statement on “Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure” directs higher education institutions to provide information about student goals and achievement and to make that information publicly available through a website. The specific requirement is stated as follows:
The institution publishes statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information in retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission.
The University of Mary Washington offers the following information about student achievement and success: student retention rates, graduation rates, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s student success index, post-completion wage outcomes, employment and job placement, and graduate school attendance. Information presented at this web page will be regularly updated as new information becomes available.
UMW monitors and evaluates retention rates as one indicator of student achievement. Over the past decade, these rates have been both strong and stable indicators of successful progression through the curriculum.
|Retention of First-Time, Full-Time Students to the Second Year|
|Fall Term Retained||Cohort (# in class previous fall)||# Retained||Rate|
|Source: SCHEV “SCHEV Research Retention Report-RT01 (First-time, Full-time Students).|
UMW monitors and evaluates graduation rates as another indicator of student achievement. Again, over the past decade, these rates have been strong and stable indicators of student success.
|Graduation Rates (Four Year, Five Year, Six Year)|
|Cohort Year Enrolled||Grads in 4 years||Grads in 5 years||Grads in 6 years||Total|
|Adj. Cohort||N||%||N||%||N||%||6 Year Rate|
|Source: State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) GRS10: Graduation Rates of Virginia Traditional Four-Year Institutions|
Student Success Index
The State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) displays the Student Success Index (SSI) to provide a holistic view of student success that goes beyond the narrow definition of the IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey (GRS) which is based on students entering as first-time in college with full-time enrollment at entry. The SSI includes part-time and transfer students and provides varying amounts of time to complete a degree or continue enrollment to be counted as success. The University of Mary Washington’s results are available at the website for SCHEV’s SSI. Results for students entering in 2010-11 (the most recent year for which data is provided) show that UMW has a 80% student success index on normal time to completion. For all four-year public institutions in Virginia, the student success index score is 79% (for the normal time to completion criterion).
Post Completion Wage Outcomes
Through the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Longitudinal Data System, which is required by HB 936 of 2012, SCHEV reports wage and enrollment outcomes on a subset of graduates. The University of Mary Washington’s results are available at SCHEV’s website for post completion wages. Wage results for UMW Bachelor’s graduates from 2007-2012 had a reported average wage/salary of $34,271. Master’s degree graduates from 2005-2010 had a reported average wage/salary of $55,766. As noted on the SCHEV website, “The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.”
Employment and Job Placement*
UMW evaluates the employment and job placement of its graduates through its alumni survey. The 2011 alumni survey revealed that among respondents who graduated between 2007 and 2011, 70% indicated that they were employed full time while 11.5% indicated that they were full-time students. Only 3.1% identified as “unemployed, searching.” As noted on the SCHEV website, “The most important limit to understand is that these short-term measures of outcomes are not meaningful for evaluating the effectiveness of institutions or programs. These are not measures of employment rates, nor they comparable to the so-called Gainful Employment metrics produced by the US Department of Education. These measure are meant to inform readers of the outcomes of graduates in the near-term following degree completion and represent individual behavior and local economies more than any other factor.”
Graduate School Attendance*
UMW evaluates the employment and job placement of its graduates through its First Destination Survey. The results from the Class of 2015 first destination survey indicated that 94.65% of the class had a career outcome (full-time employment, part-time employment, internship, service, military or continuing education. Only 4% identified as “seeking employment.”
*The next update to the alumni survey results will be available in spring 2017.